Psalm 23:1 reads, “The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.”

It’s always during a time of fasting and prayer that the Lord helps me see very clearly the difference between a want and a need. I want things all the time and for various reasons. That’s why it’s good to say no to myself – no to sugar, no to TV, no to __________________ (fill in the blank). With the Lord as my shepherd, I really do have all that I need. He is enough.

I have His love – “How precious is your steadfast love, O God! The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.” (Psalm 36:7)

I have His joy – “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” (Psalm 16:11)

I have His peace – “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

I have His help – “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:2)

I have His grace – “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight,” (Ephesians 1:7-8)

I have His Holy Spirit – “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”  (John 14:16-17)

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